Monday, October 8, 2018

El Pueblo de los Condenados

The following is a true story, or not....

The village had been in existence for centuries, but it wasn't until the hated Spanish came and enforced their brand of enlightenment that the village took a turn for the worse.  Situated along a stream that flowed into the Frio River, the village had experienced droughts, famine, raids by local Indian tribes, debasement of the women, and forced conscription of the young men into first the Spanish and later the Mexican armies.  It is not a place that offers the prospect of a bright future, until 1835.

After the defeats at the Alamo and Goliad, the New Orleans Greys were not much of a fighting force, except for a small band of survivors that time has forgotten.  A little known account, written by the alcalde of the village, surfaced recently, providing evidence that some Greys escaped the Alamo and headed west and then southeast to join Fannin's forces.  Along the way they heard about the Goliad Massacre, in which additional surviving New Orleans Greys escaped to the west.  They met near the village, where the locals looked upon them as saviors...and then the Mexican Army came.

There was more than one Mexican force in Texas.  While Santa Ana's command was completely routed at San Jacinto, the another had crushed the Texicans under Fannin, and was still searching for other rebels.

A bit about the project....

The village consists of 15mm prepainted buildings from Empires at War, along with a fountain from Novus Design Studio.  I wanted a walled structure to serve as a sort of mini-Alamo, which is represented by the villa complex. 

The forces are comprised of New Orleans Greys and Mexicans from Blue Moon.  I was going to use the Fantassin (Capitan or WarModelling or Battle Models or Stonewall - pick a company!) Spanish-American War Cubans as locals, and while they blend decently well in terms of height and heft, the sculpting style doesn't lend itself to be used with Blue Moon.

For rules I may use Force on Force or another simple skirmish set.

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